NY Governor Cuomo Aims to Accelerate State’s Electric Vehicle Adoption by Funding EV-Enabling Research

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

BMW's "Born Electric" Tour Makes Its Only US Stop In New York City In November

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Under the Charge NY program, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative aimed at accelerating the adoption of plug-in vehicles:

New York Has a Ways to Go in Promoting Electric Vehicles...Well, At Least the New York Times Would Like Us to Think So

New York Has a Ways to Go in Promoting Electric Vehicles…Well, At Least the New York Times Would Like Us to Think So

“Under Charge NY, New York State is making significant investments to improve the development and use of electric vehicles and the necessary technology and infrastructure.  This program will focus on furthering research and innovation related to EVs, so that we can make these vehicles more affordable for New Yorkers, promote a cleaner transportation source, and make our infrastructure more efficient, while also creating jobs in the clean energy industry. As we move towards our goal of establishing a statewide network of up to 3,000 EV charging stations over the next five years, we are ensuring that New York State is prepared to welcome the next generation of environmentally-friendly vehicles on our roads.”

Called The Electric Vehicle-Enabling Technology Demonstration Program, Cuomo says the state will offer up to $2 million to fund research and demonstration projects related to electric vehicles that make the EV infrastructure easier to use and more economically viable in New York State.

From the press release:

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“The new demonstration program seeks applications from entities such as universities, research centers, and technology-based businesses and manufacturers conducting research in and development of EV technology. The program is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).”

“Examples of relevant projects include demonstrating EV charging stations sited alongside battery energy storage that reduce the electric grid demands from charging, and feasibility studies of new electric rate structures or other utility incentives to help reduce the cost of EV ownership.”

“Areas of particular interest are technologies and strategies that can integrate EVs into the electric grid, enable long-distance EV travel, and ease financial and regulatory obstacles to EV adoption. Proposals should focus on research, results or strategies that can be transferred and implemented throughout the state in the near term to advance EV acceptance.”

The state of New York is currently home to approximately 640 public charging stations.  Over 5,000 plug-ins are registered statewide though, which shows there’s a need for additional chargers.

The Charge NY initiative will install a statewide network of up to 3,000 chargers to support the 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road there by 2018.

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11 responses to "NY Governor Cuomo Aims to Accelerate State’s Electric Vehicle Adoption by Funding EV-Enabling Research"

  1. MDEV says:

    They need to address the right of people that live in condos to install chargers, most of city folks live in a condo and sometimes associations don’t allow the installation.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Exactly:
      – Adopt CA law that prevents HOAs and landlords from obstructing
      – Allow resale of electricity from public PEV chargers to enable fairer pricing based on electricity cost recovery plus occupancy time.
      – Define rules for marking EV parking spots and enforceable laws that preventing ICEing and squatting. Preferably agree standards with other states to provide consistency.
      – If they want to fund something:
      – provide a fund to municipalities to support structured installation of on-street charging infrastructure for people with on-street parking: a fund would allow street-by-street installation of scalable underlying infrastructure that would be recovered when a household requests installation of a charger.
      – support integration of public charging with utility bills and/or existing pre-paid public transportation payment systems.

  2. Brian says:

    The text refers always to “New York State”, yet all of your pictures are of New York City. Way to reinforce the stereotype that the entire state is one big city! 😉

    I am glad that they mention a goal to “enable long-distance EV travel”. New York State has an excellent opportunity to do just that by electrifying the Thruway. This single road provides full-service rest stops every 40 miles, and connects the 13 largest cities in the state (yes, the state has more than one city). I just wish they stopped talking about “studies” and “research”, and just put some chargers in the ground. For this money, they could probably put a couple of dual CCS/CHAdeMO chargers at each rest stop. If the state funds the initial costs, the usage fees could be set to make a small profit over the cost of electricity. On the other hands, if one tries to earn back the installation fees, it is a non-starter.

    Tesla will have the thruway covered by the end of next year, in fact the entire state. At that point, NYSERDA will just be starting their “research”.

    1. kdawg says:

      Yeah, i’m getting tired of hearing “researching”, “studying”, “testing”. I think it’s about time to shoot the engineers and start production.

      1. Brian says:

        Don’t shoot the engineers – we need them to build stuff! If you’re going to shoot anyone, at least make it the politicians 😉

    2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      To be fair, NYC’s boroughs have over half the population of the state.

      1. Brian says:

        Not exactly true. NYC’s boroughs contain a little less than 40% of the population of the state. Now, if you include suburbs and exurbs (e.g. Long Island, lower Hudson Valley), you’re pushing 60%.

        Regardless, there is significant population along the Thruway, well outside of NYC. For example, the stretch of I-90 that follows the old Erie Canal route hits the major cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. Strategically placed quick chargers can effectively connect that entire corridor for EV drivers.

        1. Bonaire says:

          Don’t forget the southern tier expressway and put in charge points in Jamestown, Corning, Binghampton and the Catskills. One or two around each finger lake as well.

          Problem here is what are we doing? Trying to make BEVs “go far” or adopt some form of sustainable daily use. I think we really should be trying to handle the commuter segment of EVs with more on-campus, at-hotel and at-airport charging solutions (mostly 120V really) which are simple electrician work. Trying to roll out expensive fast-chargers will not be a “big” solution but more of a “point” solution for the occasional travellers going past. If Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo have 50000 commuters travelling around the area – per day – those are the ones we want to support to become electrified.

  3. Rick Danger says:

    I think the trouble in setting up a quick charge network is trying to plan it out for today’s (mostly) 75-80 mile range EVs. It’s going to cost a whole lot more and require a lot more installations than, say, planning for 150 mile range vehicles, which should (hopefully) be the norm in just a few years.

    1. Sevie says:

      I disagree. As the average EV range goes up, the number of cars on the road will also have gone up. There will be continued need to build out the charger network regardless of range per vehicle to address sustained–or growing–demand at a given location. Nobody wishes to sit fourth in line at a “quick charger”–heck, most people get frustrated waiting for one car ahead of them at a busy gas station!

      The Tesla Supercharger system is a great marketing gimmick with the true purpose of “proving” EV’s are ready to replace the oil burner. BUT, one Supercharger per 300+ square miles doesn’t constitute coverage. If I am going to use an EV for a road trip I’ll probably leave the interstate system (be nowhere near a Supercharger) for an extended stretch, probably need destination charging, etc. The charging infrastructure is still in its infancy and we need chargers to be at least half as ubiquitous as gas stations, IMHO, to address future demand.

  4. Bonaire says:

    I am taking part in this (kind of). I donated money to my son’s college, which is also where I attended. It is called RIT in Rochester NY. NYSERDA applies some matching funds and this money will be used for more on-campus charging stations. The school hopes to have an eventual 40 charging spots on campus. However, I imagine in the year 2030 or some future decade, colleges will have thousands of charging points for commuters if EVs really do take off.